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Florida retirees to participate in largest self-driving car test yet
Second-generation Ford Fusion Hybrid automated driving research vehicleDel Boca Vista may be a fictional community for retired Cadillac drivers like Morty Seinfeld, but one company is set to feature a real-world Del Boca Vista—a retirement community near Orlando—as the setting for the world’s largest self-driving car test. Voyage, a Florida-based startup focused on robo-taxi services, will offer...
Hyundai Kona, Lamborghini Urus, Gas tax increases: What’s New @ The Car Connection
2018 Hyundai Kona, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show2018 Hyundai Kona rated at 30 mpg–with a catch The 2018 Hyundai Kona's outlandish styling isn't the only thing likely to grab buyers' attention when it goes on sale in the next few months. The EPA rates front-wheel drive versions of the quirky, pint-size crossover at 30 mpg combined, but there's a big fuel-economy hit for the Kona's optional...
2018 Aston Martin DB11
2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 is a blockbuster effort after years of low-budget attempts from the small automaker. The DB11 replaces a car that was growing old on the vine, and it selectively uses components from partner Mercedes-Benz. That, and a new stiffer chassis, make the DB11 a thoroughly modern grand tourer that sticks to Aston Martin’s...
2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GTThe Continental GT returns for 2018 with a reduced lineup of only convertibles as a new coupe is due to arrive as an early 2019 model. The V-8 engine is dropped, leaving only the W-12. We rate the 2018 Bentley Continental GT a 6.8 out of 10 for its timeless appeal as a luxury grand tourer with lots of power, a hand-built feel, all-wheel-drive...
2018 Bentley Bentayga
2018 Bentley BentaygaLooks alone don’t tell the story of the 2018 Bentley Bentayga. From the outside, the automaker’s first SUV appears to fit with the stable of high-priced, high-luxury coupes and sedans. From the inside, the Bentayga relays the same opulence of the Continental and some of the ceremony of the Mulsanne. Start up the twin-turbo...
2018 Porsche 911
2018 Porsche 911The 2018 Porsche 911 has been unusually busy this year. In addition to purist-focused 911 GTS and 911 Carrera T versions, Porsche has added a world-beating 911 GT2 RS and GT3 variants, a Turbo S Exclusive option, and a GT3 Touring Package that tempts half-million-dollar collectors with its content. Oh, and about that GT2 RS: It’s the fastest...
2018 Porsche Macan
2018 Porsche MacanIt didn’t take long after its arrival for the Porsche Macan to become the best-selling model from the luxury automaker. It satisfied not only the growing appetite for luxury crossover SUVs, but also the Macan supplied the performance that many expected from the Porsche badge. The 2018 Porsche Macan is hitting its stride now. A year removed...
2018 Porsche Cayenne
2018 Porsche CayenneIt seems hard to call something understated when it wears a crest from Stuttgart on its hood, but the 2018 Porsche Cayenne has defied convention ever since it arrived. The automaker’s big SUV single-handedly makes Porsche’s sports cars possible today; the Cayenne has brought the automaker from the brink and into beaucoup profits in a...
2018 Porsche Panamera
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport TurismoThe 2018 Porsche Panamera does nearly all the things all the time—and even more this year. It’s the 911 of sedans, just as Porsche intended it to be, and in our eyes it rates 8.4 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) There are a staggering 15 models from which to choose: base cars, all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 and 4S cars...
2018 Ford Transit Connect
2018 Ford Transit ConnectThe 2018 Ford Transit Connect is a relatively stylish commercial vehicle you may see a dozen times a day without realizing it. A family version called the Transit Connect Wagon is offered in XL, XLT, and Titanium trim levels, while the commercial variants come in a dizzying variety of wheelbases, body heights, and configurations. Changes for 2018...
2018 Ford Fiesta
2018 Ford FiestaThe 2018 Ford Fiesta bears the brunt of The Car Connection’s objective ratings. Small cars just don’t fare as well in categories like comfort and safety, by nature. Even in fuel economy, the smallest cars often lose out to larger cars with better aerodynamics. That said, we don’t find it difficult to find a Fiesta we like. Skip...
2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2018 Ford Fusion HybridThe 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are now in their sixth model year, older than any competing mid-size sedans with high-efficiency hybrid or plug-in versions. Mildly refreshed last year, the Fusion remains a good-looking sedan with a comfortable and stylish interior. The hybrid Fusion has four trim levels: the base S, the mid-level SE...
2018 Ford Super Duty
2018 Ford Super DutyThe 2018 Ford Super Duty series spans a wide spectrum of big pickup trucks including swanky, near-luxury models, bare-bones work trucks, towing champs, and nearly every step in between. It was redesigned last year to bring the big rigs in line with its best-selling Ford F-150 light-duty models. Both trucks share similar cabs, trim levels, and...
2018 Ford Flex
2018 Ford FlexWe loved the Ford Flex when it was new. Then again, we also loved the iPhone’s 2G connectivity, the Atlanta Thrashers, and Chicago’s Summer Olympic bid in the same year. We’re not fickle, we’ve just outlived most of those things. The Flex—still sold in SE, SEL, and Limited trims—is the lone survivor in that...
2018 Ford Focus
2018 Ford FocusThe 2018 Ford Focus has broad appeal, maybe too broad to digest at a glance. Commuting daily? There’s a Focus for that. Into the gas-mileage lifestyle? There’s one of those, too. How about shredding tires as a part of your daily ablutions? Check. The Focus family runs the gamut from miserly sedans and hatchbacks to legitimate track...